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  • Pakistan's release of Taliban prisoners – an empty deal

    At the request of Afghan officials, Pakistan has reportedly released almost 40 Taliban combatants, supposedly to help spur peace negotiations. But experience shows this is wishful thinking. These prisoner releases give the Taliban something they want, while providing nothing in return.

  • Don't sacrifice Afghan women for a deal with the Taliban

    Afghan women are concerned that, as the withdrawal of US troops nears, their gains of the last 12 years will be sacrificed in a peace deal with the Taliban, or that they will simply be forgotten. The international community, particularly the US and Europe, must not let this happen.

  • The world must not turn a blind eye to Syria's struggling families

    One-third of Syria’s population has been displaced, and more than 2 million refugees have fled to neighboring countries. Syria's civil war has affected millions more people than the Indian Ocean tsunami or Haiti earthquake, but aid to Syria pales in comparison. The world must step up.

  • JFK's call for religious freedom can transform places like Pakistan

    On the anniversary of JFK's assassination, the world should heed his call for religious freedom. It is the best way to counter religious extremism in places such as Pakistan, where the Taliban has chosen a new leader, as it compels intolerant forms of religion to face competing beliefs.

  • McAuliffe and Christie victories can't be read as a sign of things to come

    Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe's victory in yesterday's election does not mean that strong conservatives like his opponent Ken Cuccinelli are doomed in competitive races. And Governor Chris Christie’s re-election in New Jersey doesn't guarantee that he will be in the White House.

  • Latino voters in Nov. 5 elections could push House to pass immigration reform

    Republicans are learning: Latino voters are a rising force to be reckoned with. High turnout of Latino voters at state and local elections today will increase pressure on the House GOP to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

  • Give me your tired, your poor? Asylum-seekers in the US find shackles

    Aslyum-seekers and refugees are a forgotten group in the US immigration debate. A new report shows that once in the US, they can encounter shackles, numbing cold, confusion, and indefinite detention. They deserve far better treatment.

  • To get a deal with Iran, US must suspend – not increase – sanctions

    Some in Congress want to impose additional punitive sanctions on Iran. These are unnecessary and could scuttle the diplomatic process and strengthen Iranian hardliners. The proven strategy now is to offer partial relief from sanctions as an incentive to encourage Iranian concessions.

  • Sexy Bo Peep: How adults stole Halloween from American children

    American adults have turned Halloween into a commercial extravaganza. The sexy-costume trend for girls, even for toddlers, reveals how far we have strayed from the roots of Halloween, which used to be a time for kids to challenge their elders.

  • Preventing school shootings starts with gun safety at home

    Many school shootings, such as last week's at Sparks Middle School in Nevada, involve a child taking a gun from home to school. A concerted effort must be made to improve gun safety at home, to research why kids kill with guns, and to pass parental-liability laws.

  • How to grow Latin America’s middle class

    Demonstrations in Latin America show just how far societies have come, and how much further they must go to meet the expectations that come with rising incomes. A healthy, middle-class society requires reliable, quality public services – not just income growth. 

  • NSA revelations threaten Obama's soft power and America's global influence

    After revelations that the NSA has spied on its allies in Europe, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, it's worth considering: Is this just a tricky moment for President Obama, or is it a harbinger of a broader trend of waning US influence, even over its allies?

  • Obamacare can't make sense in a divided America

    Many Americans who want less government are willing to use any means to thwart what they see as an un-Constitutional expansion of government’s reach. The ongoing debate over Obamacare is just the latest issue to get in the middle of a centuries-old argument.

  • America's natural gas revolution isn't all it's 'fracked' up to be

    Americans have been told that 'fracking' for natural gas and oil is the key to their energy independent future. The data don't adequately support these claims. America must return its energy focus to transitioning away from fossil fuels.

  • Oil and gas development is key to US future. Don't ban it. Regulate it.

    Oil and gas production through 'fracking' and horizontal drilling will improve US energy security – and support US foreign policy. This development should be encouraged. The reasonable response to environmental and health concerns is sensible regulation, not wholesale bans.

  • How candidates can sidestep Supreme Court rulings on campaign finance

    After the Citizens United ruling, reformers worry the Supreme Court may further loosen campaign finance restrictions with this term's McCutcheon case. But there's a new way to limit money in politics: private agreements between candidates not to allow third-party campaign spending.

  • War robots will lessen killing – not increase it

    Stemming from fear that autonomous robots could embark on a campaign of indiscriminate killing, some have called for a global moratorium on 'lethal autonomous robotics.' In fact, there is a convincing base of evidence that robots are more likely to prevent slaughter than engage in it.

  • To help John Boehner herd cats, bring back earmarks (and other ways to fix Congress)

    Three key reforms could improve governance in Congress and lessen the disunity that plagued Speaker John Boehner and the Republicans throughout the debt-ceiling and government shutdown debate. Congressional leaders need more influence over their members, not less.

  • How infomercial inventors could help Congress end shutdown

    If only the inventors of infomercial products like the Side Socket and Flex Seal could help Congress end the shutdown and extend the debt ceiling. Their American ingenuity would find the budget solution and sell it to us for $19.99 plus shipping and handling.

  • Supreme Court must realize affirmative action doesn't improve education

    As the Supreme Court hears arguments in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action today, my view as a University of Michigan Law School professor is worth considering: Racial diversity has virtually no effect on educational quality and isn't the real rationale for the policy.